Leisure and Family Activities in Portsmouth
There really is a lot to do in and around Portsmouth, whether you like activity or just enjoy sightseeing. If you have children with you, there’s lots for them to do too. Below we’ve covered just a few of the many attractions you can choose from, on, off and under the water!
A walk along the seafront will taking you past the Blue Reef Aquarium, the DDay Museum and Southsea Castle. The Bandstand which is behind the DDay museum hosts lots of live music on Sundays during the summer months. Castle Field hosts many festivals and fayres most weekends during the summer months.
To the east of the Seacrest, you’ll find Canoe Lake with its pedallos, the Natural History Museum, the Southsea Greenhouse Community garden, a putting green, playground, model village, rose garden a… all this is walking distance from the Seacrest.
Heading west from the Seacrest Hotel, you’ll pass the Pyramids Centre - a children's adventure swimming pool with wave machine and flumes, as well as a gym and cafe (unfortunately closed this summer). Strolling along the promenade, you will pass Southsea Castle, the DDay Museum and Sealife Centre. Stop at the Hover Station to watch the Isle of Wight Hovercraft coming and going (Stand back - you'll get wet!) Carry on through the old fashioned Clarence Pier Fun Fair and on to the Milenium Walk on your way to the historic Hot Walls at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. A little beyond that is Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard.
And that’s just the seafront - Portsmouth really does have a huge amount to offer you!
Southsea SeaLife Centre The Blue Reef Aquarium is Southsea's Sealife Centre, just a short walk for the Seacrest, and houses a whole host of fascinating sea creatures! Their 'underwater tunnel' lets you see many of them up close. They have several different species of sharks and rays for you to watch, including a Zebra s...
Portsmouth Outdoor Centre Portsmouth is an island city, and sailing is a big part of our heritage. If you want to try out some watersports, then try the Portsmouth Watersports Centre, located to the east of the island, on the shore of Langstone Harbour. They offer courses and activities including windsurfing, kayaking and...
Peter Ashley Activity Centre – Fort Purbrook The forts on the hill above Portsmouth were originally built to keep Napoleon at bay. A couple of them have, in recent years, been put to more peaceful but energetic use! Run by Peter Ashley Activity Centres, you can take part in sports such as archery, rifle shooting, judo, karate, wall climbing...
With so much to do you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to days out with the family in Portsmouth.